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Megashift: Igniting Spiritual Power

by James Rutz

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This book has good moments. Both Rutz and I would like to see the churches in our respective countries come alive. We both look (and pray for) an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

However, It is primarily Rutz's method that concerns me (although I was not impressed by author's negative and sarcastic tone either). James Rutz believes that it is the preaching ministry that is getting in the way of what God wants to do. He says, "Forget everything you ever knew about programmed 'church services' with sermons given by hired help to passive audiences. Interactive meetings are far more exciting and helpful." According to Rutz, the age of the pulpit has come to an end. But is this Biblical? For Rutz it need not be. More important to him are signs and wonders and the many 'success' stories that he loves to share.

Perhaps most telling is what he writes in the intro to chapter 5: "The 'veil' in the temple at Jerusalem was perhaps six inches...thick...When the Lord Jesus died, God tore it from top to bottom to signal the end of the separation of the common people from His presence in the Holy of Holies...I could be quite wrong, but to my knowledge there were no further supernatural signs to signal any basic change in the status of believers after that - until October 20, 1996. On that day, God - or some angel with a deadly karate chop - split an equally hefty 'veil' in two, signaling the end of the separation of common Christians from the power center of traditional ministry, where only a pastor normally could stand: the church pulpit." Rutz, of course, is reffering to the events recorded by Tommy Tenney in "The God Chasers".

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0966915852, Paperback)

The 1700-year nightmare is over. This is not another book highlighting the eradication of Christian piety and rehashing the overpowering evil that seems to rule society. Rutz s refreshing outlook illuminates an upsurge of power and activity in the body of Christ. A megashift of spiritual power into the hands of ordinary people is about to overwhelm the world and put it into vastly better shape. Prepare yourself to take part in a total makeover of Planet Earth! Discover a new world where... Over a billion non-Christians may become highly active Christians in the next dozen years. A whole new form of Christianity promises to bring a far greater impact than the Protestant Reformation. Millions of ordinary people are doing miracles. God has brought hundreds of people back from the dead, mostly in the last 15 years. These are not near-death experiences, but real resurrections of actual corpses. A shift from spectator religion Megashift not only documents a wide range of miracles, but also spotlights hundreds of thousands of house-church teams around the globe that are producing a new culture of responsible freedom. In these teams, people are allowed to speak and interact. They often form deep friendships, dump their heaviest problems, turn into free and powerful spearheads of worldwide change, and get connected with God and man in ways that almost defy description. This is a Megashift away from spectator religion. 8% Growth Per Year There is a hidden world that already has 707 million evangelical/charismatic Christians who are growing by an incredible 8% a year. In the center of this shockwave are roughly 100 million informal networks of committed circles who run their own show without buildings, paid pastors, or sermons. Megashift is a startling introduction to that surge of grass roots power and love, which is forming the culture you will soon live in. Sample Chapter titles include: 1.) The New Kingdom Explosion: Exciting miracles and church growth. Rutz tells how the kingdom of God is expanding exponentially! 2.) The New Engines of Change: 10 Rediscovered Forces Behind it all. This exciting chapter shows how God is pouring His power into new believers and what brought about this radical change. 3.) The New Saints: 7 Signs of Today s Overcomers. A new kind of disciple is breaking away from the sidelines of Christianity--one who is liberated, proactive, and empowered. 4.) The New Church: 30 Hallmarks of Emerging, Scripture-based Congregations. Today churches all over are going back to a biblical basis. Rutz illuminates what defines these churches and explains their unique characteristics. Finally, here is a positive book focusing not on the depravity and hopelessness of the world, but highlighting the change that Christians are making worldwide. This book will boost every Christian s confidence and motivate all to get off the sidelines and participate in the work of Christ. About the Author James Rutz is an author, advertising copywriter, columnist, teacher, pioneer thinker, chronicler of the miraculous, spokesman for the worldwide House Church community...and all-around humble guy.

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